March 17, 2011

LCP: Wagner, Mayor & Dempsey

A Radical League of Canadian Poets Fundraiser, featuring Bernadette Wagner with Chandra Mayor and Shawna Dempsey, will be held at Aqua Books on 
Wednesday, March 23, from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Cost: Pay what you can

This year's fundraiser will feature poetry, performance art and protest songs.

In addition to the militant marching band and a one-night-only revival of the Winnipeg Tarot Company, we'll also have a raffle chock-full of bookish prizes.

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Bernadette Wagner's work has appeared in journals, anthologies, and magazines and on radio, television and film, in schools, on stages, in the streets and on the web.  This hot place, a collection of poetry, explores the personal as political and the political as personal.  It received a Saskatchewan Book Award nomination. 

Chandra Mayor's writing has appeared in several anthologies, including Interruptions: 30 Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood; Breathing Fire 2: Canada's New Poets, and Post-Prairie.  Her first book, August Witch: poems, won the Eileen McTavish Sykes Award for Best First Book. 
She received the 2004 John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Writer, and her novel, Cherry, won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. Her story, All the Pretty Girls, won the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction and was shortlisted for a 2008 CBC Literary Award. 

In a collaboration that has spanned well over a decade, Winnipeg multi-disciplinary artists Shawna Dempsey and Lorri Millan have created a body of internationally acclaimed work that addresses feminist, lesbian, and social concerns with biting wit.

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